Literature about the Sinking of the Titanic Essay
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The Literature about the Titanic
The Titanic sunk April 14, 1912 after crashing into an iceberg. More than 1,500 lives were lost. The sinking of the Titanic made a great impact in history. It was thought to be the fastest ship and to be unsinkable. Although the sinking of the Titanic was so long ago, lots of literature has been written about the ship. Three pieces of literature are a poem by David R. Slavitt entitled “Titanic”, a folk song published by Carl Sandburg in a book named The America Songbag entitled “De Titanic” and an essay on the James Cameron film, Titanic by Katha Pollitt entitled “Women and Children First.” The literature written at the time of the sinking is different in content from that…show more content…
And the end “We all go: only a few, first class. The meaning of this sentence is that people died but only a few were first class because they were the majority put on the life boats.
Next, the folk song published by Carl Sandburg “De Titanic” is a song whose content is very different from a song that you maybe use to hearing or singing. However, what made this different was how it was pronounced. An example of this would be “De rich folks ‘cided to take a trip.” As you see, reading this may come as a difficulty to some. This folk song has eight stanzas. Although the pronunciation of the song is different, it is found that if you change the misspelled/pronounced words to those of the regular English language, you will find that it is a mistake in the song “On de fifteenth day of May nineteen-twelve” this is referring that the ship sunk on May 15. This is totally wrong because the “Titanic” actually sunk on April 14.
Lastly, an essay on the James Cameron film “Titanic” by Katha Pollitt entitled “Women and Children First” was about how unreal the move seemed in her point of view. Ms. Pollitt found several things wrong with the movie in the way that things were different from how things would had actually been in 1912. An good explanation of this would be probably because the movie was made in modern times which was the year of 1997. However, I do also agree with Ms. Pollitt, the
The Titanic (Information essay A)
(1) The Titanic was the largest ship of its time and was thought to be unsinkable. It was a luxury liner which was sailing from Southampton to New York on its maiden voyage. There were 2,340 passengers and crew. Many of the world's millionaires sailed on this voyage; this was the world's most famous ship. The poorer passengers shared their rooms with other families; most of them were going over to America to start a new life.
(2) The Titanic was 882 feet long and it weighed 42,328 tons. It had eight decks, which is the size of an eleven-storey building, and it was 92 feet wide. Many people believed the ship was unsinkable because its hull was divided into 16 watertight compartments. Even if four of those compartments flooded, the ship could still float.
(3) On the 10th of April 1912, the Titanic set out for America, under Captain Edward J. Smith. On the 14th of April 1912, she unfortunately hit an iceberg, just before midnight, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is thought she was speeding rather arrogantly at 21 knots through an ice field. When it hit the iceberg many of the passengers were not aware of what had happened. Many of the rich stayed in their dressing rooms preparing for dinner. "There was a slight tremble," some people said. The iceberg had punctured six of the watertight compartments.
(4) There were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board the ship. Even though there were only enough for half the passengers, many of the lifeboats were still not full when she sank. Only 745 survived and many of these survivors were women and children. 1,595 unfortunately died during the accident, mostly due to the freezing water. A number of wives refused to be rescued because they wanted to remain with their husbands. Two boats too full of people escaped from the ship but they were sucked beneath the ocean.
(5) There were many acts of heroism displayed on board the Titanic. One such was by Colonel Jacob Astor, who helped people to board the lifeboats, but he unfortunately died later himself. Colonel Archibald Gracie was luckier; he stayed on board to the end and yet survived. He said, 'I managed to grasp the railing and I hung on with my might. When the ship plunged down, I was swirled around for what felt an endless time. Eventually, I came up to the surface to find the sea a mass of tangled wreckage.'
(6) When the ship was sinking the band played on solemnly. The largest passenger vessel of its time disappeared beneath the ocean surface. On April 15th, 1912, she sank, somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning. The Titanic's captain, Edward J. Smith, went down with his ship. The first rescue ship to reach the site was the British liner, Carpathia. She arrived at about 4:00 a.m. and picked up many of the survivors.
(7) In September 1985, the wreck was found by a joint French-American expedition with a robot submersible. In July 1986 American researchers explored the Titanic in a 3 person submersible. They took photos of the Titanic but they did not bring any artefacts back to the surface. The following year a French group returned to the Titanic and recovered artefacts such as dishes, jewels, currency, and other treasures, which were exhibited later in Paris.
(8) People have always been interested in the Titanic because it was such a huge tragedy. It has gone down in history and is still remembered beside more recent disasters such as the Lockerbie air disaster, the Ibrox Stadium disaster and the King's Cross fire.
The Titanic (Information essay A - exemplar notes)
Organisation of essay A is based on chronology (i.e. the information is based on events according to when they happened, working from the earliest dates to the latest).
Each paragraph tries to cover the following sub-topics:
- Paragraph 1 - introduction
- Paragraph 2 - ship's specifications
- Paragraph 3 - setting sail and disaster
- Paragraph 4 - the lifeboat problem, its effect on number of survivors
- Paragraph 5 - accounts of personal experiences
- Paragraph 6 - ship sinks
- Paragraph 7 - discovery of wreck
- Paragraph 8 - conclusion: Titanic's place re. 20th century disasters
Now you have looked at an example, you can think about your own informative essay. First you need to consider how to go about it -
- you select your topic
- you find information about it
- you prepare it (make notes)
- you plan the order for it
- you draft it